Wisconsin Biohealth Industry Report

Wisconsin's Biohealth Industry: 2020 Economic Snapshot

BioForward is proud to share the results of the Wisconsin Biohealth: Industry Landscape and Economic Impact Report which highlights the statewide biohealth industry as a leading economic growth and innovation driver for Wisconsin.

Wisconsin’s biohealth industry represents a leading economic growth and innovation driver for the state, generating significant economic impacts and outperforming most major state industries in terms of job growth and wages.

According to the report, prepared by TEConomy Partners, LLC, a global leader in research, analysis, and strategy for innovation-based economic development, Wisconsin’s biohealth industry is outperforming most major state industries in terms of job growth and wages. Among the highlights within the third-party report are:

Economic Impact: The total state economic impact contribution by the biohealth industry is $28.8 billion in direct, indirect, and induced sources, as well as $1 billion in state and local taxes.

Jobs: Wisconsin’s biohealth research organizations, manufacturers, digital health, and distribution companies directly employ more than 46,000 individuals and have seen 8% job growth since 2015, outpacing the state’s overall job growth of 3%. This employment supports more than 72,000 additional jobs, leading to the full biohealth job impact reaching nearly 119,000 jobs throughout the State of Wisconsin.

Wages: The high-quality jobs generated across the biohealth industry pay more than $87,000 on average (79% above the overall industry average in Wisconsin) reflecting the high value-adding activities and skilled workforce deployed across scientific research and development, manufacturing, sales, distribution, and other key roles.

Funding: Wisconsin-based institutions and organizations received almost $500 million in National Institutes of Health funding in 2019 (an increase of 22% since 2015). Additionally, venture capital and angel investments in Wisconsin’s biohealth industries totaled $517 million during the 2015-19 period, which was invested into 104 state companies. Also, Wisconsin biohealth companies received a combined 131 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) awards totaling $71 million between 2015-2019.

COVID-19 Response: The report specifically emphasizes the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic stating, “To meet the increasing demand for testing, treatment, and prevention of the novel coronavirus, several Wisconsin biohealth companies have pivoted their activity to focus on the virus. Whether increasing production of supplies to boost testing capacity within the state, developing vaccines and therapeutics to prevent and treat viral infection, or providing R&D or manufacturing support to other companies, Wisconsin’s biohealth industry has worked to provide key resources in the fight against this deadly pandemic.”

“More than just mere numbers in a report, this insight highlights the state’s vibrant and dynamic biohealth industry as a crucial impact to Wisconsin’s economic growth,” said BioForward Wisconsin CEO Lisa Johnson. “The billions in economic impact for our state combined with the thousands of high-paying jobs play a significant role in our state’s economy. As importantly, individuals and organizations in this industry are essential to the treatment of, and solution to, the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additional Resources

Additional Reports on Wisconsin's Biohealth Industry